East Meets West

Slow news day. No new music, either. That’s to be expected…it is the weekend after all. I don’t have anything of value to say, so I’ll refer you to the music I’ve been listening to today: UTADA. Her english releases, I mean. Utada’s English career is a sore subject for most fans; some people love the work, and some choose to ignore her attempts to break into the English market. Myself? I find it to be some of her greatest achievements. Right now I’m jamming to the remixes on her singles.

I remember how shocking it was to stumble onto “Easy Breezy,” Utada’s first major English music video, directed by Jake Nava. For one thing, she was wearing lipstick and her lady parts were a bit exposed. I was appalled. However, I waited for the album, and found it to be the best thing since sliced bread. She looks so unbelievably good in the video though, I think it’s worth posting:

Additionally, the remixes of “Devil Inside” and “Exodus ’04” (released in ’05) are pretty amazing. The Richard Vission edit of “Devil Inside” was featured on the Queer As Folk season premiere that year, and both songs were in the Hot 100 U.S. Dance billboards. “You Make Me Want To Be A Man” was released in Europe only, but that didn’t stop me from importing the CD and vinyl. I cannot be stopped by mere geography.

Here are a couple favorites:

DL: Utada – Devil Inside (Richard Vission Radio Edit)
DL: Utada – Exodus ’04(Josh Harris vs. The MPC Radio)
DL: Utada – You Make Me Want To Be A Man (Bloodshy & Avant Mix)

Please remember to buy one of my favorite albums of all time, Utada’s Exodusat Amazon.

And you, what do you think?

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